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    1. Gout on the Rise in the U.S.

      July 28, 2011 -- Gout has become more common in the United States in the past two decades, in part because of the nation’s obesity crisis and a greater frequency of high blood pressure, new research indicates. Gout, a type of arthritis that occurs when uric acid crystals build up in the joints, was

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    2. Painkillers Linked to Heart Rhythm Disorder

      July 6, 2011 -- Widely used anti-inflammatory pain relievers may increase the risk of atrial fibrillation, a common heart rhythm disorder associated with stroke and heart failure. In a newly published study from Denmark, use of non-selective, nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) and Cox-2 i

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    3. Treating RA: Is It Time for a Biologic?

      Since they were first introduced in 1998, biologic response modifiers -- or biologics -- have made a huge difference in the lives of people with rheumatoid arthritis. These powerful drugs don't just treat the symptoms of RA. Biologics for rheumatoid arthritis can target the underlying cause, relievi

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    4. Biologics for RA: Understanding Risks and Benefits

      Medications called biologic response modifiers have given new hope to people with rheumatoid arthritis (RA) and the doctors who treat them. Until the late ’90s, people with RA looked at a future of pain, lost function, and eventual disability. Biologics have changed that outlook. Many people now liv

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    5. Some RA Drugs May Lower Diabetes Risk

      June 21, 2011 -- Specific drugs used to treat inflammatory diseases like rheumatoid arthritis (RA) and psoriasis may also help protect patients with these conditions from developing type 2 diabetes, a study shows. Use of TNF-inhibitor biologic agents such as Enbrel, Humira, and Remicade, and hydroxy

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    6. FDA Panel Rejects Gout Drug on Safety Concerns

      June 21, 2011 -- Safety concerns led an FDA advisory to oppose approval of new drug for gout on Tuesday, despite widespread enthusiasm for the medication's effectiveness against the painful disorder. The recommendation is likely to push the FDA to hold off on approving the drug, known by the brand n

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    7. New Oral RA Drug Works in Unique Way

      May 26, 2011 -- An experimental drug called tofacitinib may help treat rheumatoid arthritis -- and it's taken as a pill, rather than as an injection or infusion. In London, researchers reported results from a study in which rheumatoid arthritis (RA) patients took tofacitnib or a placebo. Tofacitinib

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    8. CDC Links Obesity, Arthritis, and Lack of Exercise

      May 19, 2011 -- Obese adults with arthritis are 44% more likely to be physically inactive than obese people who do not suffer from the painful disease that causes inflammation and stiffness of the joints, the CDC says in a new report. According to the CDC's Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report for

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    9. Fibromyalgia Pain Takes Toll on Everyday Life

      May 13, 2011 -- Fibromyalgia affects relationships, parenting duties, and life decisions of people afflicted with the chronic pain disorder, a new survey finds. Fibromyalgia is characterized by widespread muscle tenderness and pain, fatigue, and sleep problems. The cause is unclear, but abnormalitie

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    10. Metal Hip Replacements: Toxic Effects?

      May 13, 2011 - Can metal-on-metal hip replacements make people sick by releasing metal ions into the bloodstream? The FDA wants to know -- and is ordering the 21 makers of these devices to come up with answers. "The FDA is aware of public health questions regarding the safety of metal-on-metal (MoM)

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